Collection OM/467 - Dougal White papers

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GB 249 OM/467


Dougal White papers


  • 1961-1966 (Creation)

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0.06 metres

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(1943 to date)

Biographical history

Dougal MacLeod White was born in 1943 and studied at the Royal College of Science and Technology. He enrolled in autumn 1961 for the Associateship course in Mechanical Engineering, but before he completed his studies, the Royal College of Science and Technology merged with the Scottish College of Commerce to become the University of Strathclyde. Continuing students were given the choice of graduating with a degree from the new University or with the Associateship qualification, and White opted for the former, receiving a B.Sc. (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering on 30 October 1965. He then enrolled for postgraduate study and the University awarded him the Henry Bell Scholarship of £200. This scholarship, only available to candidates holding a BSc (Hons) degree and intending to pursue research in engineering, had been founded in memory of Henry Bell on the occasion of the 'Comet' centenary. White duly completed a thesis on 'Cavitation in Thin Films' and graduated with an MSc in Mechanical Engineering on 29 October 1966. He went on to become a Chartered Engineer and is a Fellow of both the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland.

Archival history

These items had been in Dougal White's possession since his student days. He donated them to the Archives in 2015, following an Engineering class reunion organised by the University of Strathclyde's Alumni and Development team.

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Students' Association membership card; photograph of the University of Strathclyde degree congregation of 30 October 1965 at 11.00 am and entrance ticket to the ceremony; Royal College of Science and Technology information booklet on courses of study, qualifications for admission and fees for session 1961-1962; Electrical Engineering laboratory notebook, session 1962-1963; course work reports submitted for classes in Applied Thermodynamics (sessions 1962-1963 and 1963-1964), Applied Mechanics (sessions 1962-1963 and 1963-1964), and Thermodynamics (session 1964-1965); letters from the Royal College of Science and Technology and the University of Strathclyde to Dougal White concerning course admission, submission of coursework, the award of the Henry Bell Scholarship, course results, and graduation arrangements, 1961-1966.

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Any duplicate items not wanted for the Archives are to be returned to Mr White.


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  • English

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Most of the documents are in reasonable physical condition, but the staples that fasten the course work reports together have rusted.

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